Visiting them from time to time, Alexander taught himself to play simple melodies on every instrument he could find, though he shied away from trumpets. One day he was caught trying to steal an upright piano from the store. Alexander spent about five hours in the police station before being released because the officer decided he was not clever enough to constitute a serious menace to society. Having demonstrated the extent of his desperation to create music, his parents finally bought him his first bass guitar.
It was not long before he acquired an acoustic guitar, harmonica, a bongo, accordion, flute and toy piano by Yamaha. In 2001 Alexander started composing an electronic music. It was funny, primitive and pretentious, but it was the start. In 2008 Alexander graduated from Polytechnic University. He celebrated by buying an American Fender Stratocaster HSS and getting a tattoo of J.S.
Bach playing the contrabass. By then the puppy had become a big dog and succumbed to illness. Alexander's music has always been notable for the diversity of its styles and genres. He has composed for two performances by Eugene Radkevich, one of which, Solaris (based on Stanislaus Lem’s novel), can still be seen playing in a small community theater.
He regards Nobuo Uematsu as his musical teacher and finds the original soundtrack to Final Fantasy VIII an unattainable ideal. "Many times I was inspired simply listening to the music of Uematsu-san," he has said. "That's what I'd like to compose but cannot... so far". Since October of 2008 until June of 2009 he was working at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry in the city of Prague in the Czech Republic.
The tracks he composed during that time have formed the bulk of his compilation Praha 8 Za Vodárnou 1, which can be heard on piterskiy.bandcamp.com. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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